I made it to the top in 2004, twice. My second climb was a week after, got addicted, wish I can go every week but too expensive to do so. One of my 2010 New Year Resolution is to climb Mt.Kinabalu, hopefully can break my own record time, haha, cause I think I am much more fitter now.
Every year thousands of visitors climbing Mt.Kinabalu. There're no special abilities needed but is going to be very tiring. As long as you're in good health and vigor can reach the summit. Two days is the minimum for a climb from Park and Mt. Kinabalu.
The main route to the summit is simple and direct, the Kinabalu massif offers some of the best opportunities in South East Asia for expedition work and technical rock climbing. Power Station (1,824 metres) at the end of the Kambarangoh Road, is a 15 Minute drive or a 1 ¾ hour walk from the Power Park Hq. The Kinabalu Mountain Trail begins here. Carson’s Camp (2,706 metres)is about a two hours walk from the Power Station. Panar Laban Huts (3,344 metres) 2 ½ hours beyond Carson’s Camp, is the usual overnight stop for climbing parties. Located at the base of the first of the great rock faces, the two huts together sleep 10. The Laban Rata Resthouses are equipped with water heaters and electric heaters can sleep 56 persons. A third hut about 10 minutes walk below Panar Laban has bunks for 20 persons. Another hut called the Gunting Lagadan hut can accommodate 44 persons. Sayat-Sayat Hut (3,800 metres) is the highest shelter on the mountain, and can sleep 8 persons with no electricity. It is one hour climb from Panar Laban. From here the summit may be reached in another hour. A hut is also available for hire to climbing and scientific expeditions as base camp.
The ordinary mountain huts provide plank bunks with mattresses, gas stoves, cooking and eating utensils. For those who prefer to do their own cooking, they must bring their own food. However, a restaurant is also provided in the Laban Rata Resthouse where climbers can buy simple hot meals.
Climbers are advised to bring plenty of warm clothing, adequate rain gears, walking shoes, a torch, a water bottle, a hat and a pair of gloves for the climb. Energy food e.g. chocolate, nuts, raisins and glucose sweets are good during the ascent. Sleeping bags can be rented at the Laban Rata Resthouse.
Visitors must utilise the services of an authorised guide the ascent to the summit of Mt. Kinabalu. The climb normally takes two days. Additional charges are levied if porters carry heavier loads or are required to proceed above Panar Laban on the first day of the trip.
Water is always available at Carson’s Falls (near the Power Station), at Paka Cave (3,192 metres) and near all the mountain huts and shelters along the Summit Trail.
While early mornings on Mount Kinabalu are usually clear, the weather frequently deteriorates quickly. Thus, hikers are urged to stay close to the guide and to begin their day as early as possible.All successful climbers will be issued certificates.